Anne V. Coates celebrated at Edit fest

Oscar-winning editor takes home highest honor

FRANKFURT, Germany -- Oscar-winning editor Anne V. Coates received Festival Honors -- the highest honor awarded at the Edit Filmmakers Festival -- Sunday at the event's opening gala at the Cinestar Metropolis theater in Frankfurt.

A capacity crowd of 650 walked the red carpet and filled the theater to honor Coates, who is perhaps best known for "Lawrence of Arabia."

In the evening's other highlight, cinematographer Giuseppe Rotunno, a longtime collaborator with Federico Fellini, was honored with the first Tribute Award from Imago, the European Association of Cinematographers.

Tom Rolf, an Oscar-winning editor ("The Right Stuff") and past recipient of Festival Honors, presented the award to Coates, who was accompanied by her son, writer-director Anthony Hickox.

"Anne is one of the great editors of all time," Rolf said. "Anne cares about taking gifted performances and making them the focus of the story."

The program included a clip reel of Coates' body of work, as well as prerecorded messages from collaborators Clint Eastwood, Wolfgang Petersen and Steven Soderbergh.

Upon accepting the award, Coates joked: "Can you image a job where you get paid to look into the eyes of George Clooney and Peter O'Toole?"

Imago founder and cinematographer Luciano Tovoli presented the award to Rotunno, following a clip reel of the director of photography's work.

Said Rotunno: "This is most important award to me because it comes from cinematographers."

The Edit Filmmakers Festival is presented by the State of Hessen and the Hessian Office for Private Broadcasting and New Media. American Cinema Editors and Imago are festival partners.

During the ceremony, ACE president Randy Roberts and Imago president Nigel Walters said they look forward to continuing education of their art through the festival.

Said Walters, "We want to educate everybody about what we do and the skills of our job, and restore a respect that was once there for cinematographers that we feel is slipping away."